Will Brexit matter to the East African Community?

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Ever since the Brexit referendum of June 2016, there has been widespread concern about its impact on Africa.

In East Africa, those fears are particularly justified because of its deep historical, economic and political ties with the UK.

Opinions on the impact of Brexit are inevitably speculative — we simply don’t know enough about how Brexit will actually be implemented.

As a consequence of this uncertainty, it is difficult to say how Africa will be affected.

But while there may be a few marginal benefits for the region, the negative impacts could far outweigh any positive changes — unless the region responds appropriately to the challenges from Brexit.

Chief among the potential benefits is that it could open up some new trading opportunities for the…

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